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Writing About Literature : Essay and Translation Skills for University Students of English and Foreign Literature - Judith Woolf

Writing About Literature

Essay and Translation Skills for University Students of English and Foreign Literature

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780415314442
Number Of Pages: 172

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Writing about Literature combines detailed practical and scholarly advice with a sense of the scope and creative possibilities of literary criticism, empowering the student reader to make his or her own discoveries and experiments with language. In addition, it gives valuable guidance on adult language learning and translation skills for students of foreign literature.

This handy, accessible guide covers all aspects of the essay-writing process, including:

  • preliminary reading and choosing and researching a topic

  • referencing and presentation

  • computer use

  • style, structure, vocabulary, grammar and spelling

  • the art and craft of writing

  • scholarly and personal insights into the problems and pleasures of writing about literature.

Written in an entertaining and informative way and containing a wealth of practical advice and scholarly insights, this wise, witty and helpful book should be on every literature student's bookshelf.

Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
Readingp. 5
Texts and their contextsp. 5
Critical readingp. 18
Reading the criticsp. 22
Background readingp. 23
Researchp. 27
Looking things upp. 27
Dictionariesp. 28
Biblical referencesp. 30
Classical referencesp. 31
Oral literaturep. 32
General knowledgep. 32
Trusting the authorp. 34
Libraries and librariansp. 35
Searching on-linep. 36
Using Googlep. 37
Serendipityp. 41
Essay topicsp. 42
Choosing your own topicp. 42
Set topics and exam questionsp. 42
The desert island essayp. 43
Structurep. 44
Notes and draftsp. 44
Arguing a casep. 45
Writingp. 47
Stylep. 47
Words, plain and lacyp. 51
Jargon and theory-speakp. 53
Slips and solecismsp. 57
Mixing your metaphorsp. 63
How to quotep. 65
How not to give offencep. 67
Titlesp. 70
Naming your authorp. 71
Making yourself clearp. 72
Some common bad advicep. 75
'Tell the examiners what they want to know'p. 75
'Quote sparingly'p. 75
'Never say I'p. 76
'An essay should have a beginning, a middle and an end'p. 76
Spelling, punctuation and grammarp. 78
Spellingp. 78
Dealing with dyslexiap. 82
Punctuation and syntaxp. 84
Grammarp. 105
Further readingp. 113
Foreign languages and literaturep. 115
Languages without Mr Casaubonp. 115
Real-life language learningp. 118
Vocabulary and grammarp. 127
The translator's craftp. 136
Preparing for translation examsp. 140
Referencingp. 141
Due acknowledgmentp. 141
Footnotes and bibliographiesp. 142
Presentationp. 150
Studying your academic readerp. 150
All about layoutp. 151
Proof-readingp. 152
Safety in cyberspacep. 153
Holding it all togetherp. 154
Handwriting in closed examsp. 155
Will-powerp. 157
Notesp. 160
Bibliographyp. 166
Indexp. 168
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ISBN: 9780415314442
ISBN-10: 0415314445
Series: Routledge Study Guides
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 1st March 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1